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physical appearance of the absent man. Most extraordinary was her statement that he was a Government official
"Correct!" was the surprised lady's comment on this reading of her own mind.
And yet, on another occasion, when I was with Madame Marguerite whilst she was in the same degree of hypnotic state, she ventured by her own desire to peer into futurity for me with extremely unsatisfactory results. I revolted inwardly at the falsity of some of her predictions, and within a few months she was definitely proved wrong. But when she attempted to read my character, aims, aspirations and ambitions, she proved quite correct. It is clear, therefore, that fortune-telling here, as elsewhere, is and must remain an extremely dubious procedure, although1 the general trend of events necessarily resulting from one's character may be read.
For the final experiment the subject was placed in the third stage of hypnotization, a deeper condition which made certain parts of the body insensible to pain, and which even enabled the hypnotizer to obtain control over organs that function involuntarily.
Ades rubbed a piece of cotton-wool upon the palm of her left hand, produced a needle for our inspection; then dug it into the fleshy part of the hand until the point came through on the other side and projected for half an inch. Apparently she felt no pain: on the contrary, when he suggested to her that a comedian was standing in front of us telling jokes, she began to shake her sides with laughter. A few minutes after he withdrew the needle from her hand. Not a single drop of blood was visible, either upon the skin or on the needle itself! A tiny black mark in the palm alone indicated where the needle had passed through.
I questioned Monsieur Ades upon the subject of hypnotism. Hte was a well-educated man, a University graduate, and at e time a teacher of psychology in some college. Because of this he liked to be called Professor Eduard—a natural and
harmless piece of vanity. It was by this tide that I generally i j i t * * o *
When I asked him for an explanation of his demonstrations he turned his piercing regard upon me and exclaimed: